R&D

Mitrex Research and Development

Research and development are at the core of Mitrex. Our in-house R&D team is dedicated to continuously innovating and improving our technology while prototyping new products that push the boundary on integrated solar.

At Mitrex, our R&D team is continuously innovating our patented photovoltaic technology that utilizes a customizable surface glass, recreating the appearance of any material in the world.

We pay special attention to efficiency, performance, and functionality. Constantly improving, our R&D team provides higher-performing solar technology while guaranteeing the functionality of the products. The technology used in Mitrex products delivers cutting-edge solutions that feature sleek, elegant designs in an extensive range of sizes, colours, finishes, and designs.

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R&D

In-House R&D Lab

Our in-house lab dedicated to research and development is focused on developing new solar products and testing and prototyping new solar products.

The in-house Mitrex testing consists of both mechanical and solar assessments for all prototypes. From building materials to civil infrastructure, our team is always finding unconventional ways to integrate solar into every surface touched by the sun.

Not only do we ensure all our new products follow standards and codes of photovoltaic building material, but each of our modules is also tested in our production line to guarantee each panel exceeds efficiency standards.

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Certifications

Mitrex Testing & Certifications

Our product testing and results are above and beyond the minimums required by building and PV codes. Testing is performed by independent laboratories and universities as well as the Mitrex research and manufacturing facility.

Before any Mitrex solar modules are manufactured, we ensure all our products are certified. Due to the multipurpose aspect of our PV systems, we must ensure we meet solar certifications and building codes.

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Building Certifications

Building Codes & Certifications

The structural and safety certifications for building materials include fire and mechanical tests.

A few of our mechanical tests include ASTM E1996-14a Missile Impact Testing, ASTM E331-00 Water Penetration Testing, ASTM E1886-13a Pressure Cycling Testing, and more.

*The tests shown are per Canadian standards. To learn more about certifications in other regions, contact us.

Fire Certifications

Fire Safety

Mitrex meets all fire safety certifications to ensure our PV products are code compliant. The fire tests include but are not limited to: CAN/ULC S134-92 Standard Method of Fire Test of Exterior Wall Assemblies, CAN/ULC S102:2018 Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials, CAN/ULC S114 Determination of Non-Combustibility, and ASTM E119 Fire Rating Test.

*The tests shown are per Canadian standards. To learn more about certifications in other regions, contact us.

PV Certifications

Photovoltaic Quality Testing – IEC 61215

The certifications for Mitrex PV modules include CSA, UL, and IEC. These certifications are based on numerous standards, some being: UL 61215, UL 61730, CSA C22.2 No. 61730, CSA C22.2 No. 61215, IEC 61215, and IEC 61730. Check out the certifications for IEC 61215 below – focused on ensuring the quality of PV modules.

*The tests shown are per Canadian standards. To learn more about certifications in other regions, contact us.

PV Certifications

Photovoltaic Safety Testing – IEC 61730

IEC 61730 ensures the PV modules are mechanically and electrically safe and operable. Learn more about the testing below.

*The tests shown are per Canadian standards. To learn more about certifications in other regions, contact us.

Quality Controlled Manufacturing

Quality Guaranteed

At Mitrex, it is essential for us to ensure all the modules we manufacture are high quality. We guarantee that every single module passes our quality control tests. There are various tests conducted for each module.

Quality Controlled Manufacturing

Flash Test

Solar Flash Tests, or Sun Simulator Tests, measure the output performance of a solar module. This test is a standard procedure for PV manufacturers to ensure the operability of each PV module.

The Mitrex manufacturing facility uses a sun simulator with an LED light source. The light produced has a triple Class A+ specification (uniformity 1%, spectrum Am 1,5 and stable luminosity 1000 W/m2).

The simulator has a specific electronic load for the characterization of the modules, with a customized I-V range. The electrical characteristics (Pmax, ISC, VOC, Imp and Vmp), I-V curve, and P-V curve of the modules are reviewed.

All the modules are tested with the sun simulator to ensure their output performance meets our standards.

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Quality Controlled Manufacturing

HiPot Test

A HiPot test is required to guarantee a long life of the photovoltaic module and the safety of the installation.

This test controls for the module’s electrical insulation during the production process, ensuring the safety of the photovoltaic module is up to code. This test allows us to identify modules that can potentially leak hazardous electrical currents during the installation process.

The DC Withstand Test, or HiPot Test, is designed to stress the solar panels’ insulation beyond what it will encounter during normal operation. The resulting leakage current (typically calculated in µA) is measured from different points on the chassis of the panels to determine the amount that could come into contact with humans.

The assumption is that if the panel insulation can withstand a high voltage for a very short period, then it should operate without posing a shocking hazard throughout its life cycle. A DC Withstand Test (negative and positive polarity) is commonly used to test solar panels, given the fact that these generate electricity with a DC voltage.

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Quality Controlled Manufacturing

Electroluminescence Test

The main goal of the Electroluminescence Test is to maximize the quality of our solar panels in the production line.

This test provides detailed imaging and identifies cracks or other defects in the PV modules, allowing the Mitrex team to control every panel’s quality. The high resolution offered by the cameras ensures a targeted and fast control, which optimizes the performance of the production line in terms of quality and efficiency.

In addition, this testing is perfectly integrated with the assembly operations in the manufacturing process of the modules, further improving production line effectiveness. This allows us to automate the testing process and increases the efficiency of the analyses performed by Mitrex staff.

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